Aquila Community Blog

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl December 15th

Whether you like it or not, or are ready for it or not…the HOLIDAYS are upon us. SO…mark off your calendar NOW, because you are NOT going to want to miss out on this Aquila social event!!

Starting at 6:30pm on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th plan on being decked out in your best, WORST Ugly Holiday Sweater as we embark on “The Aquila Ugly Holiday Sweater PUB CRAWL” around downtown Sacramento!

We will begin our tour (that we’ll make up as we go along) at Kupros Craft House at 1217 21st Street.

As voted on by those in attendance…the BEST/WORST Ugly Sweater WINS!!

What will you win?!? … You’ll have to dress up and show up to find out!

Some things to keep in mind in an attempt to help you plan a fun evening ahead…

• Regardless of the weather (rain or shine), it’s game on!

• Whatever you choose (or not choose) to drink or eat throughout the evening, is on you.

• Make sure to wear shoes that are comfortable for you to walk around in.

• PLEASE plan your transportation! Take advantage of LYFT, Uber, or a sober friend or family member and catch ride home for the evening.

• Feel free to bring along any 21+ year olds you wouldn’t mind spending a little Holiday season celebration, night out on the town with!

• And most importantly…don’t forget those Ugly Sweaters!**

Any questions, etc. can be asked in the comments below, or feel free to get ahold of Laura Goulding in person or otherwise.

**You do NOT have to wear an Ugly Holiday Sweater to join in on this event…it’s just an added element to spice things up a bit and have a little fun.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Winter Apparel Pre-Order Due Monday Nov 27th


Hoodies, thermals, unisex and ladies triblend shirts and ladies muscle shirt. Please download the order form and bring in by Monday the 27th. We will have forms available at the gym as well.

Download Short Order Form

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween Party and Run To Feed the Hungry

We are knee deep into Halloween month, which means our annual…and always, epic… “Aquila Halloween Party” is right around the corner!

Mark your calendars for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th!! The festivities will kick off at 6pm at the gym. We’ll have beer, food, and games…drinking games, and otherwise. And don’t forget to PR your costume!! Feel free to bring anything (food or drink) you’d like for yourself or to share, to add with what will be provided.

If you have any questions regarding the “Aquila Halloween Party,” feel free to post to comments.


Every year we organize a team for the annual “Run To Feed The Hungry.” But because we never actually take advantage of all the extra perks that we pay for with this team registration…since we always host our own pre and post run mimosa/coffee/pastry event at the gym, and take our own group picture…we decided, this year, to just have everyone register as individuals for race day.

As of right now “Early Bird Registration” is still available until November 16th, with Adults being $35 each and youth (17 and under) as $20 each.. Prices go up November 17th, and again on Race Day, should you choose to wait to the very last minute to register.

Soooo…. head on over to and register TODAY!

Please note, that because everyone will register on their own, you will be required to pick up your own race packet from REI of Sacramento when it’s time to do so (rather than pick it up from the gym the week before like you have in the past). The instructions, dates and times regarding this will appear when you go to register at the link above. There is also an option to have your packet shipped to you, should that fit your schedule better. Just pay attention at checkout to take advantage of this feature.

And…as always…we will still, of course, have the gym open the morning of Thanksgiving prior to, during and after the race for everyone to come by and hangout….even if you’re not participating in any aspect of the actual race. Our usual spread will be available for you to fuel yourself on and help get you ready for the rest of the day you may have planned.

Morning gathering on Thanksgiving will be at Porchlight Brewery across the street form the gym.  Come grab some AM beers with us!

If you have any questions regarding the “Run To Feed The Hungry,” please feel free to post to comments or ask Laura G. directly.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hurricane Harvey FGB Benefit

In the wake of the wrath left behind in Texas by Hurricane Harvey, our community of CrossFit athletes feel it’s our duty to raise funds and awareness to help the survivors of this natural disaster get back on their feet.
On SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th, we, Aquila Fitness will host a THROWDOWN of one of CrossFit’s most famous WOD’s … FIGHT GONE BAD (FGB)!
3 Rounds for Total Reps
1 Minute at Each Station
• Wallball Shots (20#M/14#W)
• Sumo Deadlift High Pull (75#M/55#W)
• Box Jumps (20″M/W)
• Push Press (75#M/55#W)
• Calorie Row
• Rest
There will be a (minimum) $20 per person “buy-in” to participate in FGB, with ALL PROCEEDS earned via registration going DIRECTLY into the hands of the survivors via the Global Giving Foundation. Medical supplies, food, water and help in rebuilding shelter is what your $20 (or more, if you wish!) will go towards…with you getting in an awesome, albeit, brutal workout to go with it!
Your “sign-up” and/or donation can be made on our event Go-Fund-Me page at:
While we will also happily accept cash on the day of the event, we would like to encourage you to donate via the link above by way of credit, debit or PayPal, to make things as seamless as possible on the 16th.
There will be a food truck on site and workout wear for purchase, along with a few other goodies. Bring plenty of water and a lawn chair to watch your fellow athletes compete for a PR in this notorious CrossFit WOD.
ANYONE who is interested in participating physically and/or just by donating are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to do so!!!
{{This is NOT a CrossFit exclusive event!! }}
If you’ve ever had an ounce of athletic ability in you…COME JOIN US!! We will not only explain the movements to you, but we will have scaled stations setup for any novice individuals who attend!
Bring your family, tell your friends, and come on out for this ALL INCLUSIVE community effort to help raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey!
>> DATE:
    Saturday, September 16th
>> TIME:
    Check-In Will Begin at 8:00am
    First Heat Will Start at 9:00am
    Aquila Fitness
    891 57th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95819
• Please make sure to bring a copy of your donation receipt.
• We will have a check-in table where you will receive your participant’s wristband.
• Heat times will run every 20 minutes.
(Each heat is 17 minutes long. We will allot 3 minutes between heats for equipment wipe down and adjustment and participants to get in order.)
If you have any questions please visit us at any one of our social media outlets:
> Community Blog –
> Facebook page –
> Instagram –

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Monday, August 7, 2017

AO Going Away Party

It’s rare as a business owner to find a staff member who treats your business as their own.  I can’t say enough about this guy in terms of his work ethic and impact on our community over the years.  We are super bummed to lose such a great coach but also are happy for him in his pursuit of a new career as a Radiology Tech with Kaiser.  So lets have a party to give him a good send off and say thank you for his service to the gym over they years.

Eileen is planning to host the shin-dig at her house (4145 Lagunita Ct) on September 16th @ 6PM.  Host is providing beer and wine and we are going to get a taco truck as well.  We will be asking each person to bring $20 cash to the event to cover food.  Please RSVP to comments section here so we can get a head count for the food truck.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Winescursion 2.0

“The Aquila Women’s Wine-Scursion 2.0”

Ok, ladies…this event is for YOU!!

Mark your calendars NOW!!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th is the day we will embark on our 2nd Annual “Aquila Women’s Wine-Scursion”!!

This year, however, we are switching up our routine and destination…but still expect the day to be equally amazing!

Here’s the plan…

We will meet at the gym at 9:00am.

We will then walk over to The Mimosa House to have brunch, so to properly nourish ourselves (and pre-drink, if you so choose) for the day ahead.

After we sip and dine, we will rally up Uber/Lyft SUVs to safely take us to The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. Here we will be greeted with 13 different wineries in one location for us to pick and choose whom to sample from.

Should you feel like you may want snacks for later in the day, please feel free to bring a picnic lunch or snacks with you. {Please note, NO outside ice chests or alcoholic beverages NOT purchased on site, are permitted.} You can also choose to purchase food at the featured food truck they’ll have onsite that day, or from their onsite deli. We will stake our claim somewhere on the lawn, in the shade, or wherever suits us best to enjoy the day at this amazing property.

The wineries close promptly at 5:00pm, so it’s safe to say we will return back to home base (aka, the gym) by around (or no later than) 6:00pm or so. Please make sure to have a designated driver waiting there for you, should you believe you’ll need one, or make whatever arrangements are proper for you to get home safely!

Please come prepared to pay for your brunch, your portion of the ride there and back, whatever tasting fees that may be charged (ranging from $5-$10, depending on the winery), and any other food, wine or items you may want to purchase that day.

If you’d like to preview the wineries that we’ll be visiting, or read up on the property, click here:

We will make a reservation at The Mimosa House so we won’t have to wait to be seated amongst the craziness of Sunday brunch goers. So…PLEASE post to comments if you’ll be joining us, so that I can make a reservation that will accommodate everyone.

One last note of encouragement…
EVERY last woman (21 years +), is invited and HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to partake in this social event!! Those of us who went last year, unanimously declared it a super fun day and several members got to meet each other for the first time. So, if you’re a newbie or a longtime member, please know, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a great time and become more familiar with the badass women you workout with!!

Please feel free to ask Laura Goulding any and all questions you may have, either in the comments below, in person, or on our special group page just for this event, “The Aquila Women’s Wine-Scursion.”

NOW…mark off your calendar as being “BUSY” on SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th, and get ready to have a great day with your fellow gym ladies!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

4th of July Shirt Pre-Order (Due Monday!)


Garment Options:
Next Level Unisex Crew
Men’s 50/50 Tank
Bella Women’s Tee
Bella Women’s Raceback Tank
Bella Flowy Scoop Muscle Tank


Download Pre-Order Form
Also Available In the Gym!
You may also email us your order,

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Friday, June 16, 2017

River Park WOD Days

We want to meet you and show you what we do! No strings, no obligations, no sales. Just a good fun workout and a chance to get to know the coaches at your neighborhood gym.

Sunday’s June 25th and July 9th

Classes will be broken down into 3 levels:

  • Baseline – The first class will be for those who either are not currently working out or are just getting started.
  • Rookie – The second will be aimed at those who workout regularly and possess a level of fitness.
  • Masters – The last will be aimed at the legends, 50 years and above.

Feel free to bring friends. Anyone 16 and over is welcome to join in.

Click here to register »

Here’s what your neighbors are saying about us:

Nic and Lauren Williams
We have been members of Aquila for several years now and plan to be members for many years to come. There are so many things we love about the gym….it’s a short walk from our house, the classes are fun and can be as competitive and challenging as you want to make them, the workouts are programmed in a way that accommodates all ability levels, the members are all awesome people, and the coaches are extremely good at what they do and take a lot of care in making sure that everyone has a great experience and is working towards their individual goals. Our experience at Aquila has been very positive and has exceeded our expectations for what a gym can be. Aquila has become a big part of the East Sac / River Park community and we definitely recommend it!
Angela Felsted
Back in 2008, I realized that I couldn’t continue my current fitness program. The treadmill and weight room had become incredibly boring, group fitness classes were becoming a struggle to get to, and my jogs around the neighborhood weren’t challenging. I was constantly counting my calories and not ever looking and feeling the way I thought I should. Even worse, I was never in better shape or leaner. Something had to change.I joined Aquila Fitness soon after. The coaches were attentive and thorough with their instruction. Their level of knowledge, skill and support remains unparalleled in the fitness industry. They continue to program challenging, new and fun workouts daily. I have learned to to do things I never thought possible in a safe and non-intimidating environment. I have made wonderful and supportive friends of all ages and all walks of life. My experience couldn’t have been better.
No other fitness program has kept my interest for this long. It’s by far one the the best fitness programs out there. Joining Aquila is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Serge Stanich
In 2014, I was looking to step up my training and fitness level and I began looking at different options. I competed and coached college rowing in my 20s, but I have never been able to get back to the same fitness level as I no longer have the free time to dedicate to a team sport. When I first came to Aquila, I admit that I was intimidated by the level of fitness and strength of the regular athletes that I saw but I also noticed a spectrum of athletes at different levels. I decided to try and I have loved every workout since. The coaching staff are some of the most knowledgeable and best trained I have met. Every work out is scaled for the complete novice to the elite athlete and all of the athletes are supportive of everyone success. Regardless of whether my training opportunities are limited to just one day a week or twice a day every day, I have found Aquila to provide both a great physical challenge and a lesson in strength and fitness training. I love it and recommend it for anyone looking for their next fitness challenge. If you are looking to complement a training program for any competitive sport or just looking for an opportunity to improve your fitness, Aquila can provide the opportunity and the training to achieve your goals.
Laura Goulding
I’ve been a resident of River Park my entire life and a member of Aquila since January 2013. I used to see the gym sign and the members working out in the parking lot every day on my way to work and decided to finally bite the bullet and give them a call myself, so to help me in my journey to lose weight. While I’ve definitely dropped some weight over the years, I’ve gained so much more…friendships, camaraderie, strength and a better overall attitude about myself. All workouts are modified to fit your abilities, so working out here is literally for everyone! And best of all…it’s fun and super close to home! I’ve visited other CrossFit gyms in the state and elsewhere while on vacation, and no other gym has coaches like we do! Each and every coach at Aquila, want nothing more than for you to be safe, to get strong and to do YOUR very best. I have absolutely no regrets about becoming a member and am sad if I’m away or unable to attend my daily WOD with them. Come join us and discover your new favorite part of your day!
Matt and Annie
In my early 40’s I realized that despite regular cycling and yoga, I was getting slower, less flexible, and less coordinated. A friend at work who was at least 15 years older and 30 lbs heavier told me she had started CrossFit and was loving it. I thought, “If she can do it, so can I!” I was afraid that the coaches would yell and be a little mean, but they were actually very supportive. I really like the feeling of being strong, having good endurance, and being physically capable. The community at Aquila is a very warm and friendly group, and we share a lot of laughs. I recommend Aquila to everybody who is ready to invest in their long term health and strength–I mean, we are all going to start getting weaker eventually–lets put that day off a little longer! – Annie
Let’s put it this way. How many 6’4″ people about to turn 50 do you know who can do handstands against a wall, sprint full speed, and get into a solid squat with 270 pounds on their back? The coaches at Aquila have helped me move like a much younger person. Plus it’s fun and close by. -Matt
Jeremy and Paula
Aquila Fitness has changed the way I think about fitness and “being in shape.” They offer a truly dynamic workout experience that can be shaped, or “scaled,” to fit the needs or limitations of each member while at the same time pushing each member to achieve their personal best…effort (and safe form) is what matters most and you’ll never be bored with the same old routine! The owners and coaches are extremely accommodating for members with limitations or injuries. Finally, Aquila is a community within our community and we hope you’ll come check it out!
Jen Reynaga
I first went to Aquila (then Crossfit East Sac) in 2009 when I was in pursuit of a 3:40 CIM finish time–a goal Justin and Travis helped me meet. Since then they have trained me and helped adapt through a bad ankle injury (not received at the gym) and a burgeoning auto-immune disease. I came to them a broke-down endurance runner. At 50 they have made me stronger than I have ever been.”
Jessica Larsen
I have been going to Aquila Fitness for almost 4 years. Often people seem intimidated by CrossFit, but the Aquila community is very inviting, and the staff are really good at adjusting the workouts for all levels. I love the social aspect of Aquila. I find that I often do as much socializing as I do working out. I recommend giving Aquila a try. The location and friendly staff and members can’t be beat. You’ll get a great workout, and you can’t beat the convenience of a gym 3 minutes from your house.
Mark Holeman
Here it goes…At first I was a little leery and intimidated by CrossFit but the coaches at Aquila were great at explaining things and keeping things simple while learning the movements. Now I look forward going to the gym. The community is amazing and it is a great stress relief after work. I have accomplished goals that I never thought were possible when I started. Come by and check it out.
Sean and Jeni O’Brien
I am a typical workaholic and all those business dinners were not helping my waistline. I knew I had to do something and get back on track and take care of myself. I figured I had no excuses if I joined the closest gym to RP. Aquila also helped me with a meal plan to get back into shape. Literally two months later I met my wife and the rest is history. We love everyone at the gym and of course the commute!
Justin Davis
I have been a member of Aquila Fitness for over four years and am a River Park resident. A few words that come to mind when thinking about the gym experience at Aquila are community, diversity, fun, hard work, toughness, perseverance, progress, and yes it’s true, a little pain. The one thing that binds everyone who attends this gym is a commitment to better oneself through fitness. The members are from all walks of life and yet from the beginners to the more experienced individuals the common denominator is effort. It doesn’t matter what your ability level may be, or what you do professionally, everyone is equal once you step foot inside the box. I describe the experience at Aquila as a “win, win, win” as the work you do enhances so many other aspects of one’s life. I am most grateful for the community aspect at Aquila, the people I’ve met, and even more so for the dedicated and committed coaches who truly care and have a passion for what they do – we are lucky to have them. Aquila Fitness has been a uniquely beneficial experience to me.

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Rachel Friedline – Remarkables Media

We all know there are some bad websites out there. Need updates on your existing site, or want to completely overhaul to create a brand new site? Drop me a line!

I opened up Remarkables Media, a web design and development agency in 2013. Website updates, brand new sites, WordPress, eCommerce, social media, graphic design, any other strange internet request or idea, I’ve probably been apart of at some point! In addition to taking care of my Remarkables clients, I also own and operate a few eCommerce businesses as well.

Prior to working for myself, I was Creative Director for another agency here in Sac since 2010. And before that, I lived in NYC, working at The Food Network and Barnes and Noble (.com) on their web teams. Call me the jack of all internet trades!

Feel free to send me an email or holler at me at the gym to let me know if you need any web help!



See Rachel’s listing on the Aquila Professionals Directory
To be included in the Aquila Professionals Directory please email

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Topher Stevenson M.D.

My name is Topher Stephenson. I am a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist in East Sac. I did my training at UC Davis and have been in Sacramento every since. One of my special interests is Regenerative Medicine. This should be of interest to any Cross Fitter that has had an injury to a joint, ligament or tendon that just won’t heal. The same can be said for those with neck or back pain.
Musculoskeletal medicine is going through a revolution just like our understanding of exercise and diet. The old paradigm of treatment for acute or chronic injury was rest, ice, ibuprofen, therapy and if things were not getting better steroid injection then surgery. While rest, ice, appropriate therapy and, when needed, the right surgery all have their places in healing injuries physicians have for years over-used powerful anti-inflammatories in the form of steroid injections and medications like ibuprofen or Aleve. These may not be the right tools for the job.
Regenerative Injection Therapies (RIT) are changing the way musculoskeletal injuries are treated. RIT works by stimulating your body’s own ability to heal itself. By injecting solutions into injured tissues your body is tricked into thinking there is a NEW injury. The body then starts rebuilding the injured tissue (ligament, tendon or connective tissue). The two most popular injections are prolotherapy which uses a dextrose solution and Platelet Rich Plasma which is a concentrated solution of platelets from your own blood.
The CrossFit community has discarded many of the old paradigms surrounding exercise and fitness. It is time to think “outside the box” when it comes to how to heal the injuries that are limiting our full potential.
For more information you can take a look at my website: or just google “prolotherapy” or “prp”.
See Tohper’s listing on the Aquila Professionals Directory
To be included in the Aquila Professionals Directory please email

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